British woman charged in $9-m cocaine seizure

ST JAMES, Jamaica – A British woman has been arrested and charged in connection to approximately £50,000 ($9.2 million) worth of cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday, November 19.

According to Investigators assigned to the Narcotics Division, the woman has been identified as Ashanta Ferguson, a 20-year-old customer service agent of West Midlands in England.

Reports are that about 7:00 pm, Ferguson was boarding a departing flight to the United Kingdom when her luggage was searched. During the search, two kilograms of cocaine was found concealed in false compartments of her luggage.

Following an interview conducted in the presence of her attorney on Monday November 21, Ferguson was charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, attempting to export cocaine and conspiracy to export cocaine.

She is scheduled to appear before the St James Parish Court on Monday, November 28.

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